Just Let Go & Be Thankful
“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I know. I know. You’re probably like, “But Christmas! What about presents and mistletoe?”
While I totally buy into the cheesiness of every single holiday, there’s just something pure and simple about Thanksgiving. No presents. No dressing up in costumes. Just sitting with family and eating- taking a moment to be grateful.
I’ve gone through stages of being angry about our terrible history with Native Americans, or questioning the gluttony of Americans trying to fit as much food as possible into their bodies while others go hungry, but I think deep down past all the different ways you can criticize something, Thanksgiving stands firm. It’s a celebration of the plentiful harvest we’ve been given, and to share that with others whose harvests might not have yielded as much as ours.
God didn’t create us to work and work and never enjoy. This Thanksgiving, let’s take a deep breath and let go of everything: our political views, our expectations of family and friends, our work pressures, and our self-criticism. Let’s thank our loved ones, thank ourselves too, and thank our creator above all.
God, thank you for this season. For the leaves changing color, the smell of good food cooking, and the sound of laughter from a room away. May each of your children find some rest and rejuvenation today, no matter our circumstances.
WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER